SAVE THE DATE
A date for your diaries! Refugee Week 2020 will be taking place between 15-21 June. Watch this space for more information on our theme for next year.
REFUGEE WEEK 2019 WHAT NEXT?
Thank you to everyone who made Refugee Week 2019 such an amazing celebration of everything refugees bring to the UK!
The festival may be over, but the movement for the rights of people seeking safety continues – and is more important than ever.
Whether it’s through joining a campaign, welcoming refugees in your community or embarking on a creative project, we hope you’ll feel inspired stay involved.
Here are some ideas on how you can Join the Movement to get you started […]
Foyles bookshop are joining us in celebrating Refugee Week with this blog post from children’s author, Chris Naylor-Ballesteros, listing his favourite picture books on the theme of home and migration, for both adults and children. Read more here.
The HuffPost are showing their support for Refugee Week with an incredible series of blog posts from our Refugee Week Ambassadors. Read the first post here from Maya Ghazal as she shares her incredible story of overcoming discrimination as a refugee to pursue her dream of becoming the first female Syrian pilot […]
We are very excited to launch our new animation for Refugee Week! Read more about our collaboration with award-winning animation studio, Fettle and how they created this beautiful animation with a specially commissioned poem by Julian Jordan and music by Haymanot Tesfa […]
Language course provider Rosetta Stone team up with Refugee Week this year to provide 1000 free courses to refugees! Read more here
Refugee Week 2019 Playlist is now available!
Follow us on Spotify and tune into our playlist for Refugee Week – an incredible mix of music inspired by refugee artists and those creating music to support displaced people. Tracks include special requests from our Refugee Week Ambassadors. Listen here
Refugee Week in the news
Jillian Edelstein’s stunning series of portraits – a special commission for Refugee Week featuring eleven prominent public figures who all share a refugee heritage – was featured in the guardian newspaper last week. Jillian’s photographs are the inspiration behind our 2019 promotional materials. View her photographs here.
Using the theme of ‘You, me and those who came before’, The British Red Cross teaching resources for 2019 are now available to download here. This year’s Refugee Week materials consider the generations of refugees throughout history who have had to start new lives elsewhere.
The Refugee Week 2019 posters and postcards are are now available to order. Hot off the press, the brand new materials can be ordered free of charge (you just pay for the postage) from our online shop.
Inspired by this year’s theme of ‘You, me and those who came before’, our stunning design is based on eleven portraits by the internationally renowned photographer, Jillian Edelstein […]
It’s the refugee arts project everyone’s talking about. In the fifth and final edition of the Our Shared Future blog series, Marienna Pope-Weidemann talks to Sophie Besse, director of Borderline comedy about Calais Calais is not a place we associate with comedy. But danger, deprivation and desperation is only half the story. Sophie Besse, artistic director […]
In part four of the Our Shared Future blog series, Marienna Pope-Weidemann meets Egyptian instrumentalist Mina Salama, and learns about the new route his music has taken since he sought sanctuary in the UK Mina was nine years old when he found an old keyboard at his friend’s house in Alexandria, Egypt. Enchanted, the young boy sat down to play and there […]
A guest post by Tess Berry-Hart There’s an interesting jam happening in the leafy suburbs of Greenwich. A choir of over 30 members from 15 different countries are performing a rendition of “Scarborough Fair” accompanied by North African darabouka drumbeats and rapping by an Iraqi refugee. From new arrivals from Syria and Afghanistan, to older generations […]
In part three of the Our Shared Future blog series, Marienna Pope-Weidemann meets Faith Gakanje, fashion entrepreneur and founder of a forum supporting refugee women Faith Gakanje was challenging oppression even as a child. The daughter of Chief Nemangwe, she was involved in Zimbabwe’s liberation movement as a chimbwido (junior fighter) from the young age of nine. Zimbabwe won […]
As part of the Our Shared Future blog series, Marienna Pope-Weidemann meets charity leader Sabir Zazai, and learns about his journey from Afghan refugee to community pioneer Great oaks grow from humble beginnings. When Sabir arrived in Coventry via Dover in 1999, the acorn was just three people from the community doing what they could. Coventry has a […]
As part of our #OurSharedFuture blog series, Marienna Pope-Weidemann talks to Sarah Reynolds, who runs a charity supporting refugee families to become active members of their new communities. As a primary school teacher in east London for many years, it was her pupils that taught Sarah Reynolds about the labyrinth of barriers facing refugees in the UK. “Those […]
It is with great sadness we have learned of the passing of Mohammad Alhajali, one of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Mohammad, who was 23, was a refugee from Syria, and was studying engineering at the University of West London. With his brothers, he was helping to organise today’s Syrian Refugee Community Iftar, to […]
A guest post by Matthew Carter, British Red Cross (Refugee Week national partner) For so many people, art is a means of expressing how we feel about the world. In this respect, the young refugees adjusting to life in the UK are no different to the rest of us. Selassie and Helen are two young […]
A guest post by Paul V.Dudman and Rumana Hashem, University of East London June 2017 is finally upon us with the warmth of early summer sun and an impending election following on from a winter dominated by Brexit and Donald Trump. In this age of austerity and uncertainty, how should we approach pedagogy and how […]
Refugee Week is coming to some of the UK’s most prestigious cultural venues for an unmissable programme of events by Counterpoints Arts, the festival’s national coordinators. From virtual reality to interactive installations; Iranian hip-hop to the London Syrian ensemble, Counterpoints Arts presents a range of world-class performances and happenings, celebrating the Refugee Week 2017 theme of Our […]